Romero – Honey

Romero hail from Melbourne and this single is their debut release. And what a way to start. Honey is a blast. It’s like one of those old 7″ singles I have in my record boxes being an injection of power pop similar to the type that followed punk. It’s loud and raw with strong garage style female vocals. It’s backed with Neapolitan a track that comes over as one of those melodic three cord anthems coupled with a side order of blues inspired garage rock. The energy which comes off these two tracks should leave you jumpin’ and smokin’. Honey … Continue reading Romero – Honey

Brunch Club – Another Wasted Summer

Edmonton’s Brunch Club are the purveyors of short but catchy jangling pop tunes and there is no exception to this rule on their first release for well over two years. They open with the addictive Dandelion Dreams which may well make all those who have already published their best of 2019 lists weep. It’s pretty much a near perfect pop song. It’s followed by short and appealing songs that flit from indiepop to power pop. The jangling guitars and the vocals will draw you in and before you know it all eight songs have been and gone. Bike Riding and … Continue reading Brunch Club – Another Wasted Summer

Tea Room – Devil May Care

Canadian band Tea Room are releasing a new EP at the end of the week entitled Dress Up, a title which is surely behind their belief that the world is just a huge costume party and we’re all playing erm, dress up! The EP is a mix of songs old and new with Devil May Care being the only taster for the EP released to date. It’s a noisy DIY power-pop song that suggests the rest of the EP is going to be just as good – probably! You can pre-order Dress Up from here. Facebook Continue reading Tea Room – Devil May Care

K. Campbell – Chords Come Easy​/Static Threads

It was one of the excellent shows from Emmas House Music that put me onto K. Campbell and his excellent Head’s Up single from February this year. Campbell has now followed that single up with two more bursts of power-pop that should get your feet tapping as a bare minimum. On Chords Come Easy it’s the words that Campbell that struggles with as he sings “cuz i’d rather waste my time than have nothing to say” as the guitars fuzz and buzz. However it’s on Static Threads that Campbell impresses the most, both lyrically and musically with the guitars towards … Continue reading K. Campbell – Chords Come Easy​/Static Threads

Something For The Weekend? Three Power Pop Bands

This weeks pack of three feature three bands tagged as “Power Pop” on Bandcamp. Charm – No Gasoline/Second Chance Ontario’s Charm specialise in producing music that has it’s heart slam dunked into the power pop sounds of yesteryear. Taking their cue from the late 1970s and early 1980s new wave scene these two tracks bring joy to my retro heart. Second Chance is particularity strong and I keep thinking Blondie for some reason. Enjoyable stuff! Radioactivity – Erased Many of the tracks tagged as power pop I have been listening too recently have been slow burners going nowhere or shuffling … Continue reading Something For The Weekend? Three Power Pop Bands

Ogikubo Station – Okinawan Love Songs

The opener on this EP Would I Break My Heart Enough For You is not far from being the perfect jangling indiepop song. The way the guitars skirt along the punk-pop borders with the female vocals joining in puts it right straight into C86 territory. Spend Some Time With Me is a mix of punk vibes mixed with power pop and is both short and sweet. However, I am not sure about the last track Dr Worm which is a bit too “arty-farty” for me, but I am sure many will appreciate the Talking Heads/Tina Weymouth post-punk vibe. That said … Continue reading Ogikubo Station – Okinawan Love Songs